American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials, Enhanced,
19th Edition

Barbara A. Bardes, Mack C. Shelley II, Steffen W. Schmidt

ISBN-13: 9781337799782 | ISBN-10: 1337799785

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 576 pages

List Price USD $119.95


Making politics personal, Bardes/Shelley/Schmidt's American Government and Politics Today, The Essentials, Enhanced 19th Edition equips you with the tools and insight to become an active, informed citizen. Unbiased, updated with Election 2018 analysis and extremely student-friendly, the text combines a conversational, easy-to-read style with thorough coverage in a streamlined format. Political authorities as well as longtime professors who know what today’s students like, the authors incorporate a wealth of current, compelling and thought-provoking examples that bring chapter concepts to life. In addition, numerous hands-on activities help you figure out where you stand on key issues so you can put your views into action. Also available: MindTap, Cengage Learning's fully online learning solution.

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Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, serving until 2003. She returned to the Political Science Department, where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. In addition to writing articles on public and foreign policy and women and politics, Dr. Bardes co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Mack C. Shelley II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University, where he arrived in 1979. Currently chair of the Department of Political Science, he conducts policy research in a number of areas funded by grants and contracts. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. In addition, Dr. Shelley has published numerous articles, books and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel), AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson) and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand). He received his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and both his master’s degree in economics and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Steffen W. Schmidt is the Lucken Professor Emeritus of political science at Iowa State University. He has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and major newspapers. His numerous teaching honors include the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and Teacher of the Year. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses, a founding member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia, and a founding member of the USSTRATCOM academic alliance. Known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in both U.S. and international media, he comments on CNN en Español and Univision as well as CTV Canada Cable TV. Dr. Schmidt grew up in Colombia, South America, and studied in Colombia, Switzerland, the United States and France. He received a B.A. from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

  • Providing intriguing, up-to-date insight into the dynamics of U.S. politics, the new edition spotlights "Election 2018" results throughout the text. These features help students think critically about recent events and consider them in the context of American political theory and history.
  • The Enhanced 19th Edition thoroughly engages students by focusing on how government impacts them--now and in the future. Chapter 1 shows students how government is everywhere, at every stage of their lives. "Why Should You Care About ..." and "How You Can Make a Difference" features encourage community and political participation. In addition, student demographics, social media and cross-generational information is incorporated throughout.
  • Learning Outcomes open each chapter and correlate to every major section to help students target their reading and then are revisited in the chapter summary and end-of-chapter quiz for an effective review. These outcomes are tied to the Introduction to American Government outcomes that are expected from most courses across the country.
  • Helping students develop a more informed and global perspective, "What If ..." and "Beyond Our Borders" features pique their interest while encouraging them to think critically about key concepts and current events.
  • An Additional Resources section at the end of each chapter prompts students to engage with the material outside of class. This feature includes current online resources, books and videos.
  • Extremely student friendly, the text combines a conversational, easy-to-read style with a concise organization that delivers thorough coverage in a streamlined format.
  • Helping students become better informed, a "Consider the Source" feature encourages them to think more discerningly about primary sources from which many statistics and statements are derived in American government research.
  • "Which Side Are You On?" features challenge students to analyze their thoughts and beliefs, take a stand on controversial issues and explore ways to take action.

Table of Contents

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1. The Democratic Republic
2. The Constitution
3. Federalism
4. Civil Liberties
5. Civil Rights
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization
7. Interest Groups
8. Political Parties
9. Campaigns and Elections
10. The Media
11. The Congress
12. The President
13. The Executive Branch
14. The Courts
15. Domestic and Economic Policy
16. Foreign Policy
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States and Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Appendix C: Federalist Papers Nos. 10, 51 and 78
Appendix D: Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Since 1900
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress Since 1900
Appendix F: The Presidents of the United States

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